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M.I.A.’s /\/\/\Y/\ (MAYA)

From “Lovealot,” where her phrasing makes her sound like she’s saying “I really love Allah,” over and over, to the melancholy “It Iz What It Iz,” where she halfheartedly quips “We can have discussions while we are playing Wii;”or even the final track, “Space,” where, over a sparse backing track, she sings “My lines are down/You can’t call me,” MAYA is as iconoclastic as it gets; a wakeup call to our digital world.

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The Sky Ain’t Falling: Black Youth, Gen-Yers, “Ain’t Leaving the Black Church”

By Fallon 8:38 am July 30, 2010 Some of my closest friends are gay, but the pastor is telling me that “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34, but the pastor tells me that using condoms […]

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Saggy pants are butt-ugly but legal: judge

By Leigh 2:19 pm July 29, 2010 Saggy pants are butt-ugly but legal: judge Dareh Gregorian, New York Post, July 29, 2010 You have the right to look ridiculous. A Bronx judge has thrown out a summons issued against a Bronx man for wearing saggy pants, finding that “the Constitution still leaves some opportunity for […]

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Unlikely Duet: Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin ‘Jam’ for Underprivileged Youth

By Leigh 11:19 pm July 28, 2010 Today Show | July 28, 2010 (Associated Press)  Condoleeza Rice and Aretha Franklin, two notable and powerful African-American women, joined forces last night for a great cause. In hopes of raising money for arts education for underprivileged youth, Franklin showcased her world-renowned vocals while Rice tickled the keys […]

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Undergrads On the Brink of Homelessness

By Leigh 2:21 pm July 28, 2010 Undergrads On the Brink of Homelessness Julianne Hing, Colorlines, July 27, 2010 It’s a story of our times: college enrollment is the highest it’s been in the last 40 years, but the economic recession is the worst we’ve seen in as many decades. For college students, this means […]

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Wanna Raise a Child? No Application Necessary.

By tamara @tamaracg 12:00 pm July 28, 2010 We make people fill out applications for everything under the sun. School. Jobs. Apartments. Cars. Credit cards. Society places such high value on this imaginary money that we pass around that you can actually be denied credit cards or bank accounts if you have been proven to […]

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Ms.Privilege

By Jonathan @jonathanlykes 7:50 am July 28, 2010 The more one walks around as a black male, the more one gets acclimatized to people’s negative assumptions about his life. I’m use to it. I’m use to the stereotypes, the pre-judgments, and the general ignorance. But yesterday, for the first time in my life I felt […]

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Are Millennials Losing Faith?

By Leigh 2:25 pm July 27, 2010 Are Millennials Losing Faith? Brandee Sanders, The Root, July 26, 2010 Sunday morning rolls around again, and I get the early wakeup call from my father. “Get up, Brandee. Get ready for church.” My first thought is to go right back to sleep, because I don’t want to […]

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Alvin (Greene) and the Chipmunks (Democrats)

By edward 8:00 am July 27, 2010 In these tumultuous political times it seems like Democrats are searching for an antidote to cure their sagging poll numbers. If pollsters are remotely correct about their predictions for the 2010 midterm elections, the Donkey’s may be licking their wounds. Yes, it seems like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, […]

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D.C. school system fires 241 teachers

By Leigh 2:26 pm July 26, 2010 D.C. school system fires 241 teachers Sally Holland, CNN, July 23, 2010 Washington (CNN) — The District of Columbia public school system announced Friday that it is letting 226 employees go for poor performance under the education assessment system IMPACT. Rhee said on CNN’s “John King, USA” that […]

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